A Fierce Cut Above The Rest

A hair dresser in America is challenging stereotypes, one strand at a time. BY Arfa Shahid “Brick walls are not there to keep us out. [They] are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something,” reads the caption under Natasha Somalia’s photograph on Facebook, followed by the hashtags #girlboss #womeninbusiness

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UAE’s Landmark Group Dumps Trump Products over Muslim Ban Call

DUBAI, Dec 9 – Dubai-based Landmark Group, one of the Middle East’s largest retail firms, said it was pulling Donald Trump products off its shelves in response to the Republican presidential front-runner’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States. Landmark and DT Home Marks International LLC have an exclusive deal to sell

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Judicial Source Claims Third Bataclan Attacker was in Syria in 2013

By Marine Pennetier PARIS, Dec 9 (Reuters) – The third man who attacked the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Nov. 13 has been identified as a 23-year-old French national who went to Syria two years ago, according to officials involved in the inquiry into the multiple attacks on the French capital. Investigators identified Foued

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Afghan, Pakistan Leaders Hold Unyielding Positions at Meet

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Dec 9 – Leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan held firm to positions on their troubled ties at a conference on Afghanistan’s future on Wednesday that risked being overshadowed by a Taliban attack in Afghanistan’s biggest city. The “Heart of Asia” meeting, an annual gathering of Asian and other countries to pledge

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Syrian Rebel Group Says Saudi Meet Must Rule Out Concessions

RIYADH, Dec 9 – The powerful Islamist insurgent group Ahrar Al Sham said on Wednesday that a Syrian opposition meeting in Saudi Arabia must insist that President Bashar Al Assad face justice and that Syria’s “institutions of oppression” are dismantled. The group, whose founders had links to Al Qaeda, is taking part in the meeting

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U.N. Urges Jordan to Let 12,000 Stranded Syrian Refugees Enter

By Stephanie Nebehay and Suleiman Al Khalidi GENEVA/AMMAN, Dec 9 – The United Nations urged Jordan on Tuesday to allow in 12,000 Syrian refugees stranded at the border in deteriorating humanitarian conditions and offered to help reinforce security at registration points. The Syrians are fleeing escalating air strikes on their battered homeland as well as

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America’s Muslims Object to Obama’s Push for More Self-Surveillance

By Tim Reid LOS ANGELES, Dec 8 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s request to American Muslims that they must help “root out” extremists in their midst received an angry response inside mosques in a part of California where four men were recently arrested for conspiring to aid Islamist militants. At the West Coast Islamic

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Australian Police Raid Home of Reported Bitcoin Creator

By Byron Kaye SYDNEY, Dec 9 – Australian Federal Police raided the Sydney home on Wednesday of a man named by Wired magazine as the probable creator of cryptocurrency bitcoin, a Reuters witness said. The property is registered under the Australian electoral role to Craig Steven Wright, whom Wired outed as the likely real identity

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At U.N., Iraq Plays Down Dispute with Turkey Over Troop Deployment

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Dec 9 – Iraq’s ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday appeared to play down a dispute between Baghdad and Ankara over the deployment of Turkish troops in northern Iraq, saying bilateral talks between the neighboring states to end the row were proceeding favorably. “We are solving it between Baghdad

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